You might say all roads lead to Hatfield Heath. Located on the edge of Hatfield Forest, there are six roads that lead into the village with the main crossroads being the A1060 Bishop's Stortford to Chelmsford and the B183 Harlow to Takeley.
Local roads lead to Matching Green and Sawbridgeworth and the railway station which links to London and Cambridge
Add to this the proximity of the M11 and Stansted Airport, and Hatfield Heath is an attractive location for commuting to the City, travelling around the country or even nipping abroad.
The view as you approach from Harlow, is of a large village green, Holy Trinity Church to your left, shops, pubs, restaurants, and a hotel all flanking the green, with an impressive War Memorial in pride of place in the centre.
Despite being only a moderate-sized village of around 830 houses, Hatfield Heath has the advantage of having quite a rural village look and feel, but not lacking in amenities.
On the Heath the well-used cricket pitch has a road passing through the north-eastern edge, which means that if a six is hit in that direction, a fielder may have to cross the road to catch the ball. Often the game comes to a halt to wait for people or cars to pass.
After a long struggle a 30mph speed limit has now been imposed in the village, with the police making spot speed checks.
The Parish Council are actively engaged in trying to have the 40 mph area reduced to 30 mph and to have a 40 mph restriction applied to the de-restricted section of Sheering Road.
Hatfield Heath Festival was started in June 1969 to pay for rebuilding of the village hall and its upkeep and after a gap of nine years was revived several years ago. The main purpose of the festival now is to bring the community together for a happy fun weekend.
2012 was particularly successful with the Queens Diamond Jubilee in June culminating in lighting the beacon and a fireworks display.
There are three halls in the village, the Village Hall, Village Institute and the URC Hall.
They are used by at least 30 clubs or groups including Bridge, Gardening, Keep Fit, Women's Leisure, Junior Karate, Brownies, Cubs, Bowls, Language classes and Youth Groups as well as coffee mornings and luncheon clubs.
There is a very active Royal British Legion Women's Section.
Hatfield Heath County Primary School is at the heart of this local community and has enthusiastic teaching staff and parents.
The village pre-school was housed in the village hall but needed its own building, so teachers and helpers came up with great ideas to raise money to pay for their own building to be built in the grounds of the primary school.
A Nursery school has recently opened.
7.30 pm Wednesday 1st August
At URC Church Hall, Hatfield Heath
Parish Council response to Stansted Airport expansion